We are continuing to protect and defend the rights of the accused during this public health crisis. We are committed to providing the same high quality of service during the COVID-19 restrictions. Please see below for what we are doing.
For Existing Clients:
We can answer questions and schedule phone or video conferences. We cannot make in-person visits to clients who are in custody, but we can arrange phone conferences with them.
Courts are not conducting jury trials, so cases with trial dates are being rescheduled. We are letting clients and their families know when we learn of rescheduled trials and hearings, but you may call to ask about them. Some courts are continuing to conduct certain hearings—sometimes by phone—and we are monitoring cases to find out what will be held and what will not.
We realize that these are difficult times, and we will continue to serve you and your loved ones with dedication and compassion.
For New And Potential Clients:
The Law Office of John Helms continues to take new clients and cases. We can consult with potential clients and family members by conference call and by video conference. Even though we cannot currently schedule in-person meetings, we still have the same resources to assist you and your loved ones. We know that these are difficult times, and even more so if you or a loved one has been accused of a state or federal crime. We are here to help. Please do not hesitate to call to schedule a telephone or video conference.
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If you have not been arrested or charged with a crime, but the police have told you that they would like to talk to you, what do you do? Do not say a thing; let them know you want to use your right to get a lawyer. And do it ASAP.
Whenever you have any dealings with the police, you should be represented by a lawyer. If they are looking for you, if they want to talk to you, if they want to arrest you, or if someone has contacted law enforcement and accused you of a crime, you need a lawyer.
Even if you plan on pleading guilty, it is critical that you hire a criminal defense lawyer to protect your rights. Representing yourself is never a good idea. Even if you plead guilty, you can expect that prosecutors will try to take advantage of your inexperience by only agreeing to a plea deal that is less favorable than they would with a lawyer. Plus, an attorney may be able to spot problems with the government’s case that you would not recognize, like evidence that should be suppressed. Problems like that might result in dismissal of the charges altogether, but just being able to spot them can help negotiate a better deal with a prosecutor. An attorney, especially a former prosecutor like me, can help you protect your rights, evaluate your options, and negotiate with the prosecutors for the most favorable outcome.
In criminal cases, we usually charge a flat rate for everything but trial and a trial fee that is only owed if the case goes to trial. A flat fee means that, no matter how much work the lawyer has to do, you know up front what the fee is going to be. We base our fees on our estimate of the amount of time and work that will be required to defend the case. We are not a factory type of operation, so we generally do not have “grocery store” pricing, in which a given crime costs a set amount regardless of the facts. Each case is different, and we try to tailor our fees to your individual case. That means that we want to find out about your case and that we try to set our fees based on how much work we think your case will take and how complicated it will be.
If you are under investigation, but you have not been charged, we may offer to represent you during the investigation based on an hourly rate with a cost deposit that we bill against. This can benefit you because it can be difficult to predict how much work it will take to represent someone during an investigation, and an hourly rate means that you will only pay for the work done.